THE NEW DAMASCUS SERIES
The exceptional sommelier knife handmade in Laguiole
In the midst of 2021, Forge de Laguiole has secretly handcrafted a new luxury series of its Pinot Noir openers: the magnificent Damascus steel blade series.
Damascus stainless steel is extremely hard and aesthetic with deep and visible Damascus patterns. Damascus was a type of multiple layers steel used for manufacturing sword blades centuries ago in the Near East. These swords were characterized by distinctive patterns of banding and mottling reminiscent of flowing water. Such blades were reputed to be tough, resistant to shattering and capable of being honed to a sharp, resilient edge.
All Forge de Laguiole corkscrews are handmade at the smithy (forge), assembled and polished by the same dedicated craftsman. Those sommelier knives are made of the extremely high-quality French T12 stainless steel, forged in-house by their blacksmiths, which makes them extremely resistant hence can withstand intensive use for wine professionals and amateurs alike. The forge is truly located in the village of Laguiole, France, which gave birth in the XIXth century to the world-famous knives.
The bee is stamped in one piece with the spring and most Forge de Laguiole corkscrews feature the traditional shepherd's cross on the handle. The legend tells that shepherds used to plant the blade of their knife in their bread. As the knife stood up vertically it made the shape of a cross with the bread, which provided them with a focus for their prayer.
The conical spiral, with 5 turns, optimizes the functionality, especially for the delicate corks of the finest vintage wines, while the blade is non-serrated to achieve a clean cut and provide ease of sharpening. It also doubles as a bottle cap opener.
Engraved Cape: the "Pinot Noir" series has the cape (upper part of the lever) engraved with this new pattern. "Pinot Noir" design is inspired by the shape of the vine branches and the foamy leaves of the famous grape variety.
Satin or Shiny finish:
This handle material: Stag antler Northern Europe.
Brand: Forge de Laguiole
We Recommend: do not wash with water or in the dishwasher: Forge de Laguiole corkscrews handles are made of noble woods or horns. Water will damage them. From time to time, you can nourish wooden handles with beeswax or a mineral oil.
Package: Corkscrew + Leather pouch + Certificate + Gift box
Warranty: Forge de Laguiole corkscrews and knives are guaranteed against manufacturing defects without duration with one of the best after sales care and repairing service. Read more details about Forge de Laguiole warranty in our Q&A (what's covered, what's not, repairing process...).
Specifications: length folded 12 cm; blade 4 cm; weight 85 gr